Rope Bondage The Smart Way was distilled down from about six years of learning, practicing, and testing, and contains my go-to practices for my own use of rope bondage in BDSM; with both written instructions and LOTS of annotated pictures to make learning it all easy. Choosing Rope. Summary:. If you’re looking for good restraint bondage rope and enjoy using knots, this is probably what you should go for. It’s not dyeable; you’re stuck with the colour you buy. The combination of the lack of weight and the lack of friction means it’s going to slide a bit over skin. Update (2018): In my time, I’ve explored two different batches of hemp rope; what I’ve found, is that the supplier and the quality do make a huge difference. Anonymously sourced rope. Good flex and texture. It is considerably stronger than the Zen rope I just mentioned; and again, is rated.
Not recommended for suspension. If you want to buy your own natural fiber rope and condition it yourself so that it is ready to use for bondage without being too prone to giving you or your partner rope burn, McVarij has a nice tutorial on what you need to do. 5 millimetre tossa jute. Pros:. Again, not recommended for shibari, but everything else goes, and I’ve heard that there are actually dyes which will change the colour of nylon. As I’ve only ever seen it in white, that means you should get a good result if you decide to go down that route.
Hemp will do the job, and do it well – but you might want to source it from a known and trusted supplier, as opposed to an anonymous source (a “learn from my mistakes” moment! ) I’ve found hemp to be very different depending on where I got it from – and my Twisted Monk stuff is actually really up there. Would definitely recommend. Not terribly pricey at Bunnings. Cons:. I really value it’s incredibly good performance and aesthetic. But what I like really isn’t that important. Buy Rope! What are the pros and cons of different types of rope?
Twisted Monk makes amazing rope explicitly designed for bondage. If you buy from them through a link on my site, they give me a small percentage. But what I like really isn’t that important. Different people will have different priorities. But what I like really isn’t that important. Different people will have different priorities.
You can carry a lot of it around with you. It’s not hugely expensive. Goes well with the traditional shibari aesthetic; has that natural, organic kind of look. Can be either scratchy or soft, depending on the conditioning process. Also, one last note – in addition to your rope kit, I highly recommend a fun new toy I got in 2019, which combines very well with bondage. It’s amazing, and you and your partners will thank me. Again, when washed, boiled etc it tends to degrade. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it; it won’t catastrophically weaken your rope, but with successive washes I would start keeping a much closer eye on how much load I put on it. Pro: Better “tooth”, so it grabs better and takes fewer knots to hold securely. Pro: Preferred for suspension as it doesn’t stretch as much and has more consistent stretch characteristics.